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Only two seasons matter in Coho Bay, Alaska - cruise ship and winter. Caribou King, owner of The Broken Antler Gallery, is hip-deep in tourists when her old college pal Taylor shows up asking for refuge, saying she has no place else to go. Cara is cautious; Taylor was the wife of one of Alaska's most renowned artists, Jonathan Snow, who was mauled to death by a bear the previous year. Why would his widow want to return to the location of her tragic loss? Something about Taylor's story just doesn't ring true.

Of course, she may not be the only liar in town. Taylor's former father-in-law accuses her of killing his son in front of a diner full of people, except he may have had a stronger motive. A handsome boat captain seems to fancy both Cara and Taylor and can't make up his mind between them, or between lying and telling the truth. And the local constable mistrusts everyone, but may have a reason to be mistrusted himself. Will Cara help her old friend Taylor, or will doing so get her into a heap of trouble? When a headless body is discovered in the bay, Cara wonders just who she can trust in this tiny town.

©2016 Cozy Cat Press (P)2017 Linda Crowder

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I enjoy listening to this fabulous cozy mystery! Not only does it portray life in a small community that has embraced the tourism industry perfectly, but it is also filled with plenty of intrigue, twists, turns to keep you guessing right up to the very end.

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Who to Trust?

What a wonderful book! I loved the twists and turns this book had. Some of them I never saw coming. There were so many suspenseful and suspicious moments. I loved how the author included the saying that said the truth can be told in a moment while a lie takes time. The narrator was able to add so many emotions to this book and I loved her performance. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator. This is a standalone listen and the beginning of a series.

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A Twisty Mystery!

I received this book for free in exchange for a unbiased review. This is the first book I have read from this author and I really enjoyed it. The setting is a great little town in Alaska, the characters are interesting and well developed and the story entertaining and unexpected. i look forward to reading more books by Ms. Babb.

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The Deadly Art of Deception (Caribou King Mysteries #1) by Linda Crowder, Narrated by Michelle Babb.

Caribou King, owner of The Broken Antler Gallery in Coho Bay Alaska, has her hands full with tourist as it nears the end of the tourist season. Out of the blue her college friend Taylor shows up with no place to go. Taylor is the widow of Caribou’s childhood friend and local artist Jonathan Snow. Jonathan was killed just one year before in a bear attack. Taylor’s father-in-law shows up accusing Taylor of murdering Jonathan. But how could Taylor be responsible for a bear attack? Caribou knows Taylor is hiding something but what could it be? Other residents have started acting strange since Taylor’s arrival in town. Suddenly one morning a body is pulled from the water, is this Taylor’s father-in-law who was supposed gone fishing, Frank a man that has recently moved to Coho Bay, or the mystery man Taylor was spotted talking to behind Caribou’s gallery? What is going on with everyone, who is telling the truth? Who can Caribou trust?

This is a great start to a series. I was immediately drawn in by the storyline. As all of the people in the town that are involved in the mystery seem keep changing their story or keeping information secret the story keeps twisting and turning. I stayed glued to the story never knowing (like Caribou) who to trust and who to suspect as being involved with the new murder and everything else that has been happening around Coho Bay since Taylor’s arrival.

The descriptive words painted a picture of the scenery of the small Alaskan town so I was able to picture in my mind just how the village looked. The main protagonist Caribou is a smart, funny, strong, independent female. Having such an unusual name she shortened her name and goes by Cara. She was born in Coho Bay and is surrounded by her family, and since there is such a small population of single men her age she is still single. She grew up with most of the men her age and they see her a the tomboy she once was, a lot the residents still today view her as one of the guys.

I listened to the audio version of this book which was narrated by Michelle Babb. I have listened to other books narrated by Mrs. Babb and this one was one of her best. She has great timing and pace. She is great with the voices you can always tell which character is speaking and understand everything being said. I believe Mrs. Babb is a natural when it comes to storytelling, she just brings you into the story, she makes you feeling like you are in story yourself.

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Great mystery

The Deadly Art of Deception by Linda Crowder is a captivating story. A little Alaskan background, a little romance and a whole lot of suspense. This new-t0-me author kept me guessing to the end as to who the 'bad guy' is! It is a well-written mystery with twists and turns to the plot and a good concoction of characters (most of them lying about something or other!), setting, and conflict. If you like a good mystery, this is a book you won't want to miss. The narrator, Michelle Babb, does a nice job of giving characters their unique voice, making for an enjoyable listening experience.
I received a complimentary audible copy of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.

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Very good!

Where does The Deadly Art of Deception rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the better books I've listened to lately. It is well written, good characters and the plot is interesting.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It kept me interested to find out what was going to happen.

Have you listened to any of Michelle Babb’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've listened to several of her performances. She just keeps getting better!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, definitely.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher

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I’ve never read, “listened” to a book set in Alaska and it was fun to hear it being described

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Good mystery

Overall a really good cozy mystery. I love how there is time spent describing the town . I would love to actually go there . Twists kept me guessing throughout. Narration and production quality was excellent as well. I was given this book in exchange for a voluntary review.

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The Deadly Art of Deception

I loved this book! Carabou,aka Cara, runs an art gallery ,in a tourist town in Alaska.She gets an unexpected visit from an old friend,which dredges up bad feelings and a new murder. Michelle Babb was a really good narrator. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' 

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Enjoyed this mystery set in Alaska

I have listened to both books in the Caribou King mystery series. Both books were excellent. You can read the synopsis in the description so I will not repeat that information. I always enjoy Michelle Babb's narrations. She has done an excellent job as usual. Each character has a distinctive voice. Michelle Babb is one of my favorite narrators. I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 07-25-20

Enjoyed it!

A twisty and entertaining murder mystery with a little hint of romance. I was completely fooled by the red herrings all the way through this book! A good story and I liked the characters. The narration was well performed and made easy listening. Looking forward to the rest of the series. I voluntarily reviewed a copy provided for review purposes.

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  • Julie
  • 05-19-20

Keeps you on your toes

This is the first book by this author I have listened to or read but it won't be the last because I really enjoyed it. It contained so many twists at the end that it was hard to keep up and I didn't see any of them coming. I liked the characters, especially Cara and her sister and there relationship. The mystery was good and as I said it kept you guessing not only over who the dead body belonged to but also over the earlier death, was it murder or accidental, not to mention who was responsible. I am off to start the next book. Things are winding down now that tourist season is nearly over Which is why Cara is surprised to turn around and find her old college room mate stood before her. She hasn't seen Taylor in nearly a year, not since the death of her husband. So why is she back now? With her return tempers start to fly as some people question whether the death of her husband and local celebrity artist was really the accident it was claimed. One of the men that steps in to defend her is a man who has been flirting with Cara all summer. This is normal behaviour for her old friend and its not like he is the first head that gets turned by Taylor but what is strange is the fact that after spending the night with her he goes missing and a headless body is found by fisherman. Cara wants to believe her friend had nothing to do with it but she catches her in one lie to many. Scared a killer is running around town Cara starts to lock her door for the first time every but by locking the door is keeping a killer out or In? Not sure who to trust Cara starts to question alibis and motives but it is when she stumbles over the blood crime scene and another missing person that she really starts to fear for herself and pregnant sister. Michelle Babb is a great choice for this series and is the main reason I gave this series a go in the first place. As I haven't listened to any books that she has read and not enjoyed them or came away disappointed , she gives her all to every single one. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 02-26-18

Everybody wants Taylor.

I suppose living in a small town in Alaska, where everyone is supposed to know everything about everyone, and there are only two single men about her age (and one of them is the only cop) thus restricting marriage choice potential, might make any art gallery owner begin to doubt her attractiveness, especially one who is a bit gun toting Calamity Jane in the Winter months and a trusting, fainting flower when the tourist cruise ships discharge customers in the summer.

When local girl Caribou King's best friend from college arrives unexpectedly during the cruise ship tourist season, she offers friend Taylor a place to stay and a job on the till of her obviously thriving art gallery, a position she had held before when married to the local rising art success, Johnnie. Sadly, he and Taylor only had two years of married bliss before the value of his art work rose, following his tragic death, mauled by a bear, almost exactly one year prior to her unexpected return to the town. Unexpected and, apparently unwelcome, as evidenced by the silence which fell over the restaurant owned and run by Caribou's pregnant sister and super chef brother-in-!law. That reception could be down to the town's resident drunk, Johnnie's father, vocally accusing her of his son's murder, Of course, this cold reception doesn't stop Taylor from apparently trying to seduce the only two prospective (from Caribou's point of view) love interests available, something she had also been prone to do back in their student days.
Then a headless, handless body is reported as being found and one of the residents goes missing, soon to be followed by the disappearance of the deceased artist's father. Mysterious feet are seen near Caribou's home and she, when not conducting business in her gallery, spends most of her time eating, panicking, fainting ignoring advice to be careful and having nightmares.

Nothing, or rather no one, is as they seem.
I think.
But the whole is such a convoluted muddle, it was more like a tangled ball of string than a satisfying mystery. And in the end this reader remained unconvinced that there had been a true crime committed at anyway - or were there many, with the accused actually being no more guilty than everybody else? Apart from Caribou, of course. Ah, well. Even the delectable tones of narrator, Michelle Babb, who as always performed the reading with impeccable pace, and individual voicings of the characters, and with as much understanding as was possible, failed to make this book a worthwhile listen.
Unless, of course, the reader takes the whole thing as an elaborate joke perpetrated by the author on her audience. Read like that, it actually is quite fun.

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  • Layla
  • 09-13-17

Love this book!

What did you like most about The Deadly Art of Deception?

The red herring the author throw in. She kept taken us to who the murderer might be. Each time she surprised me and I would think no way it couldn't be!
Michelle Babb gave the story suspense, mystery and made the characters more 3D. I read the book as well as listened to the audio and I found the audio is a lot better. In the book I would get confused in who was saying what but when I listened to it I knew who was talking. The narrator gave each character there distinct personality.

I didn't like the main character to begin with because I found that she let people treat her more of a doormat but after about 50% of the story she changed due to certain circumstance in the book. I really liked her more after she stood up for herself.
The book has mystery, hint of romance, suspense and humor. This is an audio book that I listened to in one sitting.
I would recommend this book and this narrator. Looking forward to book two!

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I was given this free review copy audio book and have voluntarily left this review.

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